As Rory McIlroy Takes Flak for Olympics Comment, He Affirms His Stance

As Rory McIlroy Takes Flak for Olympics Comment, He Affirms His Stance

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Louis Oosthuizen celebrating a hole in one in the first round of the British Open on Thursday.

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Peter Byrne/Press Association, via Associated Press

TROON, Scotland — Fans in the grandstand stood to applaud Rory McIlroy as he approached the 18th green at Royal Troon on Thursday afternoon. When his par putt completed a round of 69, which kept him near the first-round leaders, a woman’s voice, enriched by a Scottish accent, called out: “Just lovely, Rory.”

McIlroy had received far less tribute and commendation around the globe in the previous two days. Before he had…



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